Research History

The National Pancreas Foundation has supported and funded research grants since its inception. Here are the grant recipients from the past few years.

National Pancreas Foundation Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients

Effect of Liver Histopathology on Islet Engraftment Post Autologous Transplant after Total Pancreatectomy for Chronic Pancreatitis

Chirag Desai, MD

Georgetown University


Modulating TH17cells in Pancreatic Tumorigenesis by Targeting RORγt

Florencia McAllister, MD

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Identifying Somatic Mutations in Chronic Pancreatitis

Andrew Rhim, MD

University of Michigan


Genetic Determinants of Pediatric Chronic Pancreatitis

Aliye Uc, MD

The University of Iowa



Investigating the Role of Progenitor-Like Cells in Pancreatitis in Mouse and Human Pancreas 

Farzad Esni, PhD

University of Pittsburgh


Immune Based Therapies in Chronic Pancreatitis

Aida Habtezion, MD, MSc

Stanford University


Jak2 Inhibition as a Therapeutic Approach for Chronic Pancreatitis

Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH

The Ohio State University


Temporal Analysis of Tumor Suppressor Function in Pancreatic Cancer Development 

Scott Lowe, PhD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Blocking Scaffold-Kinase Interactions to Inhibit Pancreatic Cancer

Julien Sage, PhD

Stanford University


Characterization and Modulation of TGFbeta Activation in Pancreatic Fibrogenesis

Barbara Ulmasov, PhD

Saint Louis University


2013 Grant Recipients

Rectal Indomethacin to Prevent Post-ERCP Pancreatitis

John Levenick, MD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


Role of Tunneling Nanotubes in Promoting Chemotherapy Resistance of Pancreatic cancer*

Emil Lou, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota


Role of the Polycomb Group Gene1 BMI1 in Pancreatic cancer

Marina Pasca Di Magliano, PhD

University of Michigan


The Histone Deactylase SIRT6 Modulates Pancreatic Cancer Metabolism

Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital


Genetics of Constant Pain in Chronic pancreatitis

David Whitcomb, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


The Role of Bacteria in Modulating Pancreatic Tumorigenesis

Constantinos Zambirinis, MD, Mres

New York University


2012 Grant Recipients

Endocrine function in chronic pancreatitis: The role of insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity, and the incretin axis

Melena Bellin, MD

University of Minnesota


Dissecting the Pdx1 Master Switch in Pancreatitis Recovery

Howard Crawford, PhD

Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville


Reconstituting pancreatic cancer development to discover early diagnostic biomarkers

Seung Kim, MD, PhD

Stanford University


A Zebrafish Approach to Characterizing Human GWAS Genes for Pancreatic Cancer

Sahar Nissim, MD, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital


2011 Grant Recipients

Natural Killer Cell Impact on Pancreatic Cancer Progression

Kerry Campbell, PhD

Fox Chase Cancer Center


The Role of Toll-Like Receptors in Modulating Pancreatic Tumorigenesis

George Miller, MD

New York University School of Medicine


Control of pancreatic acinar cell nuclearity, ploidy and proliferation

Charles Murtaugh, PhD

University of Utah


Psychometric testing of the Pancreatitis Quality of Life Instrument (PANQOLI) on patients from the National Pancreas Foundation using Survey Monkey

Wahid Wassef, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Screening test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer

Kenneth Yu, MD, MS

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


The role of Annexin A2 in metastasis and as a novel therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer

Lei Zheng, MD, PhD

Johns Hopkins University


2010 Grant Recipients

Regulation of Pancreatic Fibrotic Responses by Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor (PEDF)

Chuhan Chung, MD

Yale University School of Medicine


The Role of Stat3 signaling in the initiation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Akihisa Fukuda, MD, PhD

University of California San Francisco


The Role of Dendritic Cells in Pancreatic Fibrosis and the Development of Pancreatic Neoplasia

Ashim Malhotra, MD

New York University School of Medicine


Translational Studies of Circulating Pancreatic Epithelial Cells in Cancer Progression

Andrew Rhim, MD

University of Pennsylvania


Role of Src in Antegrade Golgi Expansion and Autophagic Acinar Cell Death

Vijay Singh, MD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center